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U.S. ARMY MANEUVER CENTER OF EXCELLENCE BAND
 FORT BENNING, GEORGIA -

History

Summary

The U.S. Army Maneuver Center of Excellence Band’s history dates back to 1916 when the band was first organized in El Paso, Texas, as the 34th Infantry Band of the 34th Infantry Regiment. During its time with the 34th Infantry Regiment the band earned campaign participation credit in World War I at Lorraine, France. The Band served for many years at Fort Benning, Georgia, until it was inactivated in June of 1940 at Fort Benning.

In October of 1942, the band was reactivated at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, and this time was aligned with the 136th Infantry Regiment. The band was once again called on to support overseas efforts during wartime. It was stationed on various Hawaiian Islands, and then at Luzon, Manila in the Philippine Islands, before being deactivated once again in December of 1946.

After several re-organizations and re-designations in the 1940’s, the band was finally activated once again on Fort Benning, Georgia in 1955, as the 283rd Army Band.

In 2009, the Infantry Center Band was re-designated as the Maneuver Center of Excellence Band, maintaining numerical designation as the 283rd Army Band.

Currently the MCoE Band, with its seven Musical Performance Teams, accomplishes over 600 military missions a year in support of the military and civilian communities in and around Fort Benning.

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